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What are some recent developments in density functional theory?

In the book Materials Modelling Using Density Functional Theory: Properties and Predictions by Feliciano Giustino, a timeline of milestones in DFT was given for achievements between 1964 and 1996: $$\...
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Mathematical expression of SCAN (Strongly Constrained and Appropriately Normed) constraints in DFT

(This question is originally posted on physics stackexchange, but someone suggested me to post on this site, so there you go) I'm compiling the mathematical expression of SCAN (Strongly Constrained ...
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What is the closest thing we have to "the" universal density functional?

It is understood that finding "the" universal functional is an NP-complete problem. However, progressively better functionals have been constructed decade after decade and fitted to more and more ...
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What does B3LYP do well? What does it do badly?

I have seen a general criticism of B3LYP in computational chemistry (especially with the 6-31G* basis set). I would like to know some of the more/less obvious problems that occur when using it and ...
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Are there problems with the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson potential (mBJ, a.k.a. TB09) in Quantum ESPRESSO?

I have used the modified Becke-Johnson (mBJ) exchange potential before, as it was developed and implemented in Wien2K by Fabien Tran and Peter Blaha (1). In 2013, Éric Germaneau et al. implemented mBJ ...
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Promising functionals for transition metal chemistry

I'm looking to get your opinions on the most promising density functionals to use for thermochemistry and kinetics of transition metal complexes. However, as eloquently laid out by Tom Manz on this ...
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What are the best functionals for transition metal compounds?

Some properties of transition metal compounds can be influenced by static correlation, relativistic effects, and, in some cases, close-lying electronic states could result in difficulties in SCF ...
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What is the role of a chemist in computational chemistry?

As someone that wants to learn about computational chemistry, mainly for its use in energy storage materials (and therefore DFT as the most practical method of it), I am wondering what is essential ...
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Is the electronic band gap the only thing that is affected, when switching from standard KS-DFT to Hybrid functionals?

It is very well known that Kohn-Sham DFT underestimates bandgap. To get an accurate estimate of the bandgap, people often turn to Hybrid functionals (if they don't want to perform the actual ...
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Why are single excitations ignored in the MP2 component of double hybrid functional calculations?

In the original paper by Grimme introducing double hybrid functionals (also summarized in just 3 paragraphs here), it says: "[As] opposed to nonempirical versions of KS-PT2 [19], the single ...
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Justification for use of Screened Functionals

Hybrid density functionals with screened Hartree-Fock exchange at long range have become popular for modeling solids. I'm curious as to what the reasoning is behind this functional form. I understand ...
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Procedure to classify errors in Kohn-Sham DFT

I was reading this paper which basically outlines the two main types of errors that one encounters in Kohn-Sham DFT : Density-based errors and Functional-based errors. I understand the practical ...
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DFT functionals from MP2 methods

I have heard people talk about DFT functionals built starting from MP2 corrections. Do you happen to have a reference I read about that from?
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Which DFT functional should I use to simulate spectra of pesticides?

I am mainly searching for functionals to calculate spectra of pesticides. I found the benchmark test from Goerigk and Grimme$^1$, but don't understand which of the functionals suits my purpose the ...
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Regarding spin-orbit coupling on DFT codes

In most DFT codes like QE and VASP, spin-orbit coupling (SOC) can be incorporated by employing fully relativistic pseudopotentials. My question is with regard to the implementation of SOC among ...
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Is LDA better than GGA for elastic constants?

I have calculated elastic constants for Si, GaAs, and GaN using LDA and GGA in VASP. LDA is giving better results than GGA for elastic constants. Is there is a reason behind the good results by ...